Kingston, New York-This week led to the third consecutive day of active coronavirus cases in Ulster County that led to an increase in COVID-19. Officials once again attributed the increase to states in the county’s four facilities prisoner.
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Since Sunday, according to the county’s online information center, the number of cases in Ulster has increased by 70, from 1
The number of active cases reported on Friday was the highest since June 24, when there were 198 active cases, but it is still far below the county’s peak on April 26 (2009).
Since mid-July, the number of COVID-19 cases in the county has been declining or basically flat. Ulster reported 177 active cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, up from 141 on Tuesday and 110 on Monday.
According to Ulster County officials, eight of the 11 new cases reported on Friday were in prisons in the county. On Thursday, of the 37 new positive cases, 28 belonged to prisoners in Wallkill and Shawangunk Correctional Facility in Southern Ulster County. According to the website of the State Department of Corrections and Community Oversight, the county can accommodate up to 3,007 inmates in four prisons: Eastern, Shawangunk, Ulster, and Wallkill.
A DOCCS spokesperson said on Wednesday that all facilities in the department “are equipped with appropriate personal protective equipment for employees, and employees are required to wear masks on duty.” In addition, according to the department, masks have been distributed to prisoners and “ The public areas of all facilities” provided hand sanitizer for staff and prisoners.
Officials from the Sheriff’s Office said Friday that the Ulster County Prison in Kingston has still not confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Also on Friday, the county’s virus transmission rate fell to 1.2% from 3.5% on Thursday and 4.7% on Wednesday. The transmission rate reported on Tuesday was 2% and the transmission rate reported on Monday was 0.2%.
Ulster County Chief Executive Pat Ryan (Pat Ryan) said that the state only allows schools to open schools in areas where the average infection rate does not exceed 5% on a rolling 14-day period. The math includes state and county prisons.
County Deputy Mayor Daniel Torres said in an email on Friday that the county’s list of activities classified by municipality did not reflect cases in prison facilities. “The reason for the closure is because we did not Those in prison are assigned to municipalities.” He did not specify whether the county intends to update the chart to include prisoners.
Since the outbreak in March, Ulster County has confirmed 2,037 cases of COVID-19. The online dashboard shows that 1,760 COVID patients in the county have recovered and 91 of them have died.
Since the outbreak, 4468 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Dutch County. The county’s online dashboard shows that 4,094 patients recovered and 153 died in the county.
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